Thursday, August 30, 2012

announcing a new collaboration . . .

Hudson River Valley Environmental Education Institute announces RiverWalkArt, programs for all ages that explore nature and ignite creativity, at the Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center in Sleepy Hollow. The Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center is located at Kingsland Point Park, Sleepy Hollow, NY, 10591. See upcoming programs and registration here. Information at / (914) 377-1900 x 13.

RiverWalkArt is a new program created for the Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY, designed to encourage people to unleash their imaginations and creativity through exploration, discovery, and observation, all while learning about the natural world around them. It is a exciting collaboration between the Hudson River Valley Environmental Education Institute (HRVEEI) and Strawtown Studio, a Rockland-based initiative known for engaging art and science programming.

Laurie Seeman
Strawtown Studio’s Director and Lead Educator, Laurie Seeman, is an Earth Artist and Waterway Advocate. She says, “The Center’s location features one of the Hudson River’s most majestic distant views, and the water is rich with life. This wide area of the estuary is a mixing zone for salt and fresh water. Amazing natural treasures are found on the beach where the seine netting occurs and the art and science begins. On land there is a variety of grand old shade trees, and the RiverWalk Center, in the elegant 1920’s bathhouse, draws local history into the programming."

Cliff Schneider, Executive Director of HRVEEI, adds, “RiverWalkArt will build community and develop people's sense of where they come from, of their natural heritage.”

Hudson River Valley Environmental Education Institute (HRVEEI) is the new umbrella name for programs at Beczak Environmental Education Center and Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center. Beczak Environmental Education Center is a well-loved river exploration center in Yonkers that has been offering programs for adults and children at their Center, in the community and in schools for over twenty years. The Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center is a newly restored facility at Kingsland Point Park, on the Hudson River in Sleepy Hollow, NY. Both environmental education centers are located on Scenic Hudson parks.

Hudson River Valley Environmental Education Institute, with classrooms and beach access in Yonkers and Sleepy Hollow, is the lower Hudson’s hub for river education.  It offers many programs at their Centers, in the community and in schools that involve all ages in learning about nature and enjoying the outdoors. Learn to love your river!

HRVEEI staff work with approximately 20,000 children and families each year in river-based programming.  In addition to ongoing weekday classes for student, weekend public programs include River Explorers and Fish Tales for children, RiverTalks lectures and Urban H2O concerts for adults, RiverWalkArt for all ages, Lunchtime Learning for seniors, Summer Adventures camp, and professional development for educators.

Strawtown Studio
Strawtown Studio provides creative outdoor education programs for children and communities to have direct experiences with nature through innovative art and science exploration. Through connected learning, Strawtown seeks to develop leaders of all ages and encourages individuals and communities to become stewards of their land and waterways.  Strawtown’s fun, hands-on programs show more of what there is to love about where we live..